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WR Thomas confident Broncos made right choice

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
The Denver BroncosÕ two first-round selections in the 2010 NFL Draft, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (22nd overall, Georgia Tech) and quarterback Tim Tebow (25th overall, Florida) were intorduced to the media Thursday April 14, 2010 at Dove Valley. Joe Amon / The Denver Post

When the television cameras focused in on Demaryius Thomas Thursday night as he took a phone call from Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, Thomas hardly cracked a smile.

But he was grinning this afternoon when he made his official arrival in Denver, posing for pictures with a new navy blue jersey.

“This is always what I wanted,” said Thomas, who has decided to wear No. 88 for the Broncos. “I always told my mother when I was growing up that I was going to go pro in something, and it came true. All the hard work paid off for me.”

Thomas said he believed he convinced the Broncos to draft him in part because he “is a good guy,” Thomas said Friday, a lesson he learned the hard way after his mother and grandmother were sent to prison on drug charges about 10 years ago. Both remain incarcerated, and Thomas lived with various relatives throughout his teen years in southeast Georgia.

Thomas said he spoke with his mother, Shirley Brown, on the phone Friday morning while he made his way to Dove Valley.

“They watched last night,” Thomas said. “She just said she was proud of me, just do the right thing, stay with the right crowd, what I’ve been doing the whole time.”

The Broncos selected Thomas at No. 22 overall, making him the first wide receiver drafted in 2010. The Cowboys traded up to select Dez Bryant at No. 24.

Thomas said he was a little surprised that he was drafted before Bryant because Thomas played in a triple-option offense at Georgia Tech – a scheme that does not translate to the NFL.

“I actually thought Dez Bryant, too, because he played in a different type of offense, he made a lot of plays. He’s good,” Thomas said.

Thomas was then asked why he was a better receiver than Bryant.

“Well, I don’t know, I can’t say,” Thomas said. “I know I’m a better person than Dez, that’s how I feel. I feel like I’m a better receiver, too. Bigger, faster.”

From the Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_14945900

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